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AT&T is dropping the price of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch by $100 when bundled with a qualifying phone purchase. The watch is now $199 with a Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Active and/or Galaxy Mega handset. AT&T is also letting customers “complete” the bundle if they already purchased one of these phones but didn’t add a Galaxy Gear at time of purchase. At AT&T-owned retail stores, a salesperson can verify the prior phone purchase and you can walk out with a Galaxy Gear smartwatch for $199.

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You’ll be battling for bandwidth with another 6.18 billion connected devices in 2014 according to research firm IHS. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg: IHS expects another 19.42 billion devices will crave a connection between 2015 and 2017. Phones, tablets and computers will make up a large bulk of the total, but video game consoles and television sets are a growing segment, which will require faster broadband, fewer data caps and advanced in-home networks. Perhaps the estimate of 50 billion connected devices in 2020 by Ericsson’s Hans Vestberg is too low?

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An updated KitKat version of Android is now rolling out to Moto X handsets on T-Mobile’s network. According to the release notes, Moto X phones get Android 4.4.2 along with some small fixes specific to the device. Also included are improved printing capabilities over Wi-Fi networks for photos and Google Docs. Although Lenovo recently purchased Motorola from Google for $2.91 billion, my hope is that the new parent company learns a lesson  from Motorola on how to expedite Android software updates to customers as it has become a key differentiation point for the Moto X and Moto G phones.

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On a future airplane trip, take a peek into the flight deck and you might see the pilot using a Surface 2 tablet: The Federal Aviation Administration approved Microsoft’s slate for Class 1 or 2 Electronic Flight Bags this week. The approval is a meaningful step as Delta announced in September of last year that 11,000 of its pilots would start using Surface 2 tablets by then end of 2014. Surface 2 isn’t the only tablet in the sky though; airlines started using Apple iPads in early 2011 in the cockpit to replace paper charts, manuals and other flight documentation.

Update: this post was updated at 9am PT as it incorrectly said no airlines were currently using Surface 2 tablets yet.

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Look on the Google Play store and you’ll see the Nexus 5 smartphone now available in a new Bright Red color. The new choice launched Tuesday after weeks of leaked information on the red phone, which is no different on the inside than its Black or White counterparts. Pricing is the same as well: $349 for a 16 GB model or $399 for a 32 GB version. The handset comes unlocked and runs the latest version of Android, plus it typically is one of the first phones to receive software updates. Google says the Bright Red model is in stock and shipping in one to two days.

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Previously appearing in Google’s Chrome Canary and Developer channels of Chrome, Google Now cards are supported in the Beta version of Chrome. Windows, Macs and Chromebooks using Chrome’s Beta channel will see Google Now notifications, offering similar contextual and timely information as Google Now on smartphones and tablets. Unlike the Developer channel, there’s no need to enable the feature with a setting change. Since the Chrome Stable channel trails the beta version by up six weeks, I’d anticipate Google Now for all Chrome users around the end of February or beginning of March.

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